If you don't stop in Santa Cruz for any other reason, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is retro America to perfection! Enjoy a corn dog or chowder fries and make a day of it. Mooch down to the Wharf where there's plenty more seafood and souvenir shopping. Also it's worth considering a bay cruise, whale watching trip or a fishing charter. What's that sound? It has to be the resident barking sea lion found all along the wharf.
Surfers never had it so good! You can see them bobbing and swooshing in Monterey Bay all the way to Natural Bridges State Beach where the sea sculpted rock bridge has to be nature at its best. An added bonus October to early March, is a colony of Monarch butterflies which roosts in a eucalyptus grove. Wilder Ranch State Park is perfect for hiking, biking or horseback riding along miles of scenic trails.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay
and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the
video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside
café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we
wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed
that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!
Leonore & Mike Rumford
The only hotel on the beach, this boutique hotel is a go-to for surfing and sunsets, and only a short stroll from the historic Beach Boardwalk too!
Inn a Depot Hill
Nestled in the beachside village of pretty Capitola-by-the-Sea, this historic inn is just a short stroll from oceanfront restaurants and boutique shops.